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For fifty-plus years, Riverkeeper has been the Hudson River Estuary’s chief law enforcer when it comes to safeguarding our water and waterways. We work to strengthen the laws and regulations that impact New York’s water resources. We collaborate with coalitions and partners statewide on critical issues involving water pollution, clean energy, watershed preservation and more.

Since the mid-1960s, Riverkeeper has spearheaded policy initiatives that protect wetlands and habitat, improve nuclear oversight, increase and secure green funding, and encourage smart energy use and production in New York State. Strong environmental policy is one of the best tools we have, we work hard to garner support for legislation created to protect our Hudson River, its tributaries, our watershed, wetlands and surrounding communities.

Below you will find information, the current status of legislation and ways to contact your representatives on policies Riverkeeper has determined important to change and legislation we oppose and support.

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Bill Information & SummaryRiverkeeper positionStatusInformationTake Action
New York State 2021 budget

Governor's 2021-2022 Executive Budget Proposal
Governor's executive budget was released and state legislative hearings on the executive budget have concluded. 2/8/2021.
Read Riverkeeper Budget Memorandum

Read Riverkeeper Environmental Conservation SFY-21-22 Budget Testimony
Clean Water Protection
Defining Wetland Classification S5116 (Harckham)Riverkeeper SupportsCurrently in Senate Environmental Conservation Committee (2/24/2021). 3/9/2021. Read Riverkeeper Policy Memorandum
Wetlands Protection Act S2979 (Harckham)Riverkeeper SupportsCurrently in Senate Environmental Conservation Committee (1/26/2021) with no Assembly same as. 2/8/2021.Read Riverkeeper Policy Memorandum
Protect NY's Streams S4162/A6652 (Harckham/Englebright)
Riverkeeper SupportsCurrently reported and committed to the Senate Finance Committee (3/16/2021) and Assembly Ways and Means Committee (3/23/2021). 3/26/2021Read Riverkeeper Policy Memorandum
Oyster Shell Tax Credit S4741/A258 (Kaminsky/Rosenthal L)Riverkeeper SupportsCurrently in Senate Budget and Revenue Committee (2/10/2021) and the Assembly Ways and Means Committee (1/6/2021). 2/11/2021.Read Riverkeeper Policy Memorandum
Private Well Water Testing S48 (Hoylman)Riverkeeper SupportsCurrently in Senate Environmental Conservation Committee (1/6/2021) with no Assembly same as. 2/9/2021.Read Riverkeeper Policy Memorandum
Expanding List of Emerging Contaminants S1759/A126 (Skoufis/Gottfried)Riverkeeper SupportsCurrently in Senate Health Committee (1/15/2021) and the Assembly Health Committee under its third reading (1/21/2021). 2/11/2021. Read Riverkeeper Policy Memorandum
Chemicals and Pesticides
Coal Tar Sealant Ban S4095B/A518A (Sanders/Rosenthal L.)Riverkeeper SupportsCurrently amended on third reading in the Senate (3/30/2021) and amended on third reading in the Assembly (3/25/2021). 3/31/2021.Read Riverkeeper Policy Memorandum

USGS Fact Sheet on Coal Tar
Birds and Bees Protection Act/Neonicotinoid pesticide moratorium S699 (Hoylman/Englebright)Riverkeeper SupportsCurrently being amended in Senate Environmental Conservation Committee (3/3/2021). 3/8/2021.Read Riverkeeper Policy Memorandum

NY Neonic Fact Sheet

Recent Neonic Research
Environmental Law and Litigation
Environmental Bond Act A6566 (Englebright)Riverkeeper SupportsCurrently in the Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee (3/19/2021). 3/22/2021.Forthcoming Memorandum of Support
Citizen Suits for Environmental Conservation Laws S5394/A2261 (Parker/Simon) Riverkeeper SupportsCurrently advanced to its third reading in Assembly (3/25/2021) and referred to Senate Environmental Conservation Committee (3/3/2021). 3/26/2021.Read Riverkeeper Policy Memorandum
Fixing SEQRA Standing S02798/A3510 (Kavanagh/O'Donnell)Riverkeeper SupportsCurrently in Senate Environmental Conservation Committee (1/25/2021) and referred to Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee (1/27/2021). 2/9/2021.Read Riverkeeper Policy Memorandum

SEQRA Standing Timeline and Summary of Cases

SEQRA Standing Reform FAQ
Equitable Siting for NY S1031B/A2103A (Stewart-Cousins/Pretlow)Riverkeeper SupportsPassed in Senate (3/3/2021) and currently in the Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee (2/8/2021). 3/8/2021.Read Riverkeeper Policy Memorandum
Plastics, Recycling, and Promoting a Circular Economy
Single Use Hotel Bottle Ban S543/A5082 (Kaminsky/Englebright)Riverkeeper SupportsCurrently advanced to its third reading in the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee (2/8/2021) and advanced to third reading in the Assembly Codes Committee (3/25/2021). 3/29/2021. Read Riverkeeper Policy Memorandum
Straws By Request S1505/A207 (Hoylman/Rosenthal L.)Riverkeeper SupportsCurrently in Senate Environmental Conservation Committee (1/12/2021) and Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee (1/6/2021). 2/9/2021.Read Riverkeeper Policy Memorandum
Prohibition of the use of plastic beverage container packaging. S486/A922 (Krueger/Paulin) Riverkeeper SupportsCurrently in Senate Environmental Conservation Committee (1/6/2021) and Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee (1/6/2021). 3/19/2021.Read Riverkeeper Policy Memorandum
Energy
Legislation Riverkeeper Opposes
Healthy Cold Water Fisheries Act A6136/S4083 (Woerner/Hinchey) Riverkeeper OpposesCurrently in Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee (3/10/2021) and Senate Environmental Conservation Committee (2/2/2021). 3/11/2021.Read Riverkeeper Policy Memorandum

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